I have over eight years of experience teaching percussion at Ithaca College and Cornell University to undergraduate and graduate students. As a conductor, I have directed large ensembles and coached chamber ensembles that perform a variety of musical styles. As a performer, I play a diverse array of percussion instruments on national and international stages averaging over one hundred fifty performances a year. I engage in the creative process with artists of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, musical pedigrees, gender identifications, sexual orientations, socioeconomic positions, and political affiliations. I play in Broadway shows, orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber groups that specialize in a myriad of styles. I perform at concert halls, festival stages, recording studios, nightclubs, barns, living rooms, and prisons. These experiences speak to the true nature of percussion: that groove, the inherent feel-good element of all music, can be found anywhere, experienced by anyone, and is for everyone.
I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Jonathan Batiste, Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, Melinda Doolittle, Kurt Elling, Robin Eubanks, Jimmy Heath, Joe Magnarelli, Eric Marienthal, Branford Marsalis, John Pizzarelli, Hank Roberts, Dave Samules, John Stetch, and Allen Vizzutti. Recently, I have been touring with the Americana band, Driftwood.
I attended the Manhattan School of Music (BM '05) and am an alum of the Ithaca College percussion studio (MM '11).